Friday, October 5, 2012

Family Guy Volume Ten DVD Review

Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
Get more Big Bang for your buck when you bring home this hilarious collection of fourteen "Family Guy" episodes, in which Peter needs a new kidney, Lois becomes a boxing champ, Chris finds a new hobby, and Brian and Stewie unravel the space-time continuum in an effort to save the universe.  Travel to a new cosmos of comedy with "Family Guy" when it's released on DVD on October 2, 2012.

Film (3 out of 5 stars)

"Family Guy" is the story of Peter Griffin (voiced by series creator Seth MacFarlane) and his family. Peter lives in the east coast town of Quahog with his wife Lois (Alex Borstein), daughter Meg (Mila Kunis) and sons Chris (Seth Green) and Stewie (also Seth MacFarlane).  The family dog Brian happens to be think, act and talk like a human. Peter’s neighbors are his closest friends.  Quagmire is a womanizer and sleaze-ball who frequently exclaims “giggity”, and the wheelchair bound police officer, Joe.

Volume Ten begins with “Halloween on Spooner Street” where Brian attempts to assist Stewie with some candy stealing bullies while trick or treating, but needs Lois to get involved and be a bigger bully.  In “Baby You Knock Me Out” Peter manages Lois’ boxing career.  Bill Maher appears in “Brian Writes a Bestseller” where Brian haphazardly throws together a bestseller and becomes briefly famous.  Highlights of volume ten include learning Lois once starred in a porno and “It’s a Trap!” where Peter retells Return of the Jedi.  Guest stars for the season include Drew Barrymore reprising her role as Brian’s ex-girlfriend and Cheryl Tiegs as Quagmire’s ex.

In the episode “Friends of Peter G.”, Peter and Brian are forced into joining a 12-step program for alcoholics.   They quickly convince the other alcoholics that they should be drinking at the meetings and have their own 12-step happy hour.  The episode is complete with a musical number about giving up booze, used to hide their indiscretions when Officer Joe is called in because of the loud noise.  An especially memorable part of this season is evil Stewie, created by the regularly semi-evil original Stewie.  Evil Stewie has a red shirt and yellow overalls, opposite of normal Stewie, and is out for blood. 

If you liked the previous season of "Family Guy", then you should enjoy this one as well since it never really veers too far from it usual formula.  It always entertains me, and although a lot of the dialogue and content is pretty out there, that’s what you expect from "Family Guy". The show is beyond politically incorrect and this season the show even pokes fun at Michael J. Fox and Parkinson’s disease.  It’s one of those things that you hope Michael J. Fox would be laughing at too.  Religion isn't spared either as the Christmas episode offers a unique look at the holidays.Volume ten is just as rude, crude and vulgar as previous volumes and "Family Guy" can still make me laugh.  

Video (3 out of 5 stars)

For DVD, this wide-screen 1.78 presentation to be pretty good. I’d love to see it released on Blu-ray though since the Star Wars "Family Guy" specials on Blu-ray look fantastic.  The colors are bright and vivid but I know they could be much more. 

Audio (3 out of 5 stars)

"Family Guy" Volume Ten is presented with English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Surround Dolby Digital 2.0 and French Surround Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. Subtitles are also available in English SDH, Spanish and French. The dialogue, and sound effects are at a clear and consistent level with no need to turn my television volume up or down, and this mix does the job pretty good for an animated show on DVD.

Extras (3 out of 5 stars)

Every disc has a short but good list of features, listed below.
  • Animatics - Scene Animatics for “Baby You Knock Me Out” with Commentary by Julius Wu, “German Guy”, “Trading Places” – Spitball Cow and Carter with Commentary by Joseph Lee, and “The Big Bang Theory”.
  • All I Really Want for Christmas: The Music of “Road to the North Pole” – A look at the music for the episode with Interviews with cast and crew.
  • Deleted Scenes – Numerous deleted scenes are found on all three discs.
  • Herbert and Franz: The Making of an Epic Fight Sequence – a behind the scenes look at the detailed fight scenes.
  • Adam West Star Ceremony – Seth MacFarlane is there as Adam West gets his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Summary (3 out of 5 stars)

Adam West is one of my favorite parts of "Family Guy" and he appears very prominently in this volume. I especially enjoyed seeing the feature about his star on the Walk of Fame.  When it comes to the Griffin’s, Stewie is still my favorite.   I enjoyed every episode in one way or another.  This season doesn't seem to have the most memorable of episodes, but they are still enjoyable to watch.

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